Monday, October 27, 2014

Birthday Graphs

This week in Math we learned about how to read simple graphs - both vertical and horizontal. So as a class we created a vertical and horizontal graph using our birthdays and our age. Then we wrote down our results. Then as a class we asked questions about our graph. 
  • Is there more 5 year old or more 6 year olds?
  • How many more 5 year olds are there than 6 year olds?
  • How many birthdays are in November & December combined? 
  • Which month had the least amount of birthdays?

They did amazing answering all the questions and even creating their own questions! Check out our results and I hope you had a chance to look at your child's graph that they brought home. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Apples, Apples, Apples

We just completed Apple Week! It was such an awesome week filled with lots of yummy taste testing, apple snacks, creative projects, and apple writing! Take a look at all our work!

We made this fun apple project! We used our hands as scissors for the apple bites! And they each cut out their own apple design and apple color! The poem reads: ________ likes apples. Munch, Munch, Munch! _______likes apple. Crunch, Crunch, Crunch!
This was a great writing project! The kids had to retrace or some even rewrote the words to our poem "10 Red Apples!" Then they traced their own hands and dipped their finger in red paint to create 10 red apples! At the end they decorated their apples with stems and leaves!

We also did some free writing about apples this week! They used the sentence starter: Apples are ______. Some students came up with over 5 sentences. And they all wrote the sounds they heard in each word! This is something we are really working on right now and they will continue to get better at, as they learn more sounds this year! Amazing work!
Here were some example sentences: 
Apples are big. 
Apples are smol. (small)
Apples are joose. (juicy)
Apples are red. 
Apples are oosum. (awesome)
Apple are on chrebs. (trees)

Animal Families

This week their writing project was to create an Animal ABC Book. They were all given an animal family and then had to illustrate that animal as an adult and as a baby. Look at just a few of our results! We've been working very hard on adding details to our drawings! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fire Safety

For the past two weeks we have been learning all about fire prevention. – how to stop drop and roll, staying low to the ground, what to do if we are ever in a fire, and how to prevent fires. We also practiced a fire drill at school once and we will do it once more this week.
 Today we got a special surprise and we had the firefighters come to give us a presentation. They showed us what they wear, how they stay protected and what they do to make sure we are always safe!
Then we went outside and learned about tools and gadgets that make fire trucks unique. We even got to tour the fire truck! We took home some fun fire hats to remind us of all the things we heard, saw, and learned today.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

All about Numbers

There is so much that kindergartners are expected to know and do at such a young age, but when it comes down to it, they are still kids. They need to move, they need to be silly, and they need to have fun. So rather than just teaching the curriculum from a book. I am always trying to incorporate hands on and interactive ways for them to learn.  Our biggest focus lately has been learning and recognizing those tricky teens! P.S. They are tricky because kids want to say, oneteen, twoteen, threeteen, etc.).
Here are some ways that we have been learning: 
Work on Writing: 
We have written the numbers in paint, in sand, and in clay. The helps us see the number and create the numbers in various ways. 
Memory Match:
For this game the students first have to put the numbers 11-20 in order. Then they have match up the corresponding dots with each number. After they are done with both parts, they can find a partner who has been checked off and flip a set of cards over to play memory match (finding a number and dots that match).
Teen Number Sparkle:
We have played sparkle using tricky teens (this would be good to play with your family for spelling words, counting, or skip counting). With teen number sparkle, we start in a circle, one student starts at 10 and we go around the circle until 19, then the next student says sparkle, and the student after that is out. We continue going around until we have one friend standing to be the Terrific Teen Number Winner!
Teen Tangle:
We also play a game called Teen Tangle. It is much like Twister, but with teen numbers. The kids love getting all tangled up with this game and recognizing their numbers while doing it!
Singing and Dancing:
For tricky teens we have a rap about how numbers in the teens they start with a one! We put actions to it to get their bodies moving and grooving and recognizing those tricky teens!